Comfort Food for Thought, and Tummy

The crisp autumn air makes us crave something warm and familiar, just like mom used to make. Well, these six dishes are the next best thing.

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Gammon Coach House, 3 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia

Head fork first into nostalgia with a great big drizzle of “Momma’s cheese sauce” on this classic mac. For comfort with a fiery twist, the Buffalo Mac has bleu cheese crumbles and grilled chicken drizzled in ranch.

Grilled Smoked Gouda & Pot Roast Sandwich

Country House, 2095 S. Kirk Road, Geneva

It’s like a warm hug between two golden, grilled slices of sourdough bread where succulent meat embraces smoked gouda cheese. A side of horseradish sauce keeps things zesty.

Portobello Mushroom Melt

Lincoln House & Co., 11808 Main St., Huntley

Savor the rich, earthy flavors of balsamic-kissed portobello mushrooms and creamy,
melted mozzarella with this irresistible handheld. Roasted red pepper aioli, onions and leafy spinach make for an explosion of flavor and texture.

Red Rooster Hash

Benedict’s Eggs & More, 8 S. River St., East Dundee

There’s a spicy symphony of flavors that comes with blending sweet potato, jalapeño pepper and onion hash with savory chorizo sausage, creamy queso fresco, fresh avocado and eggs done your way.

The Ultimate Kobe

Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., Elgin

A mouthwatering 8-ounce Wagyu beef patty has never seen such elevation as it does with luscious red pepper aioli, crispy Asian slaw, sweet Vidalia onions and a soft-fried egg.

Dirty Mama

The Southern Cafe, 1590 E. Main St., in St. Charles

Can your mother warm hearts and satisfy souls the way this dish does with its freshly baked cornbread, piled-high smashed potatoes, gravy blanket and tender fried chicken?